Saturday, January 17, 2009

Saturday in CinCity and Can It Possibly Be Colder Than Yesterday?


Apparently,yes...



First Cutting
by Susie Patlove



What is the hayfield in late afternoon
that it can fly in the face of time,

and light can be centuries old, and even
the rusted black truck I am driving

can seem to be an implement born
of some ancient harvest,

and the rhythmic baler, which spits out
massive bricks tied up in twine,

can seem part of a time before now
because light glitters on the hay dust,

because the sun is sinking and we sweat
under the high arc of mid-summer,

because our bodies cast such long shadows—
Rebecca, with the baby strapped to her back,

the men who throw impossible weight
to the top of the truck, the black and white

dog that races after mice or moles
whose lives have been suddenly exposed.

How does the taste of my sweat take me
down through the gate of childhood,

spinning backwards to land in a field
painted by Bruegel, where the taste of salt

is the same, and the same heat
rises in waves off a newly flattened field.

In the duskiness of slanted light, we laugh
just as we laughed then, because there is

joy in what the earth gives, allowing
our bodies to mingle with it, our voices

small on the field, our work assuring the goats
can give milk, the sheep can grow wool,

and we will have in our bones the taste
of something so old it travels in light.

3 comments:

  1. For a truth
    nothing is hotter
    than an August hay field.

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  2. Don't beg trouble. It can always be colder, and it can always snow more. Once again, I'm shut in with news of my president elect, knitting and a fine stew in the oven. Once the oven is off, I'll light a fire and open a bottle of syrah. Doesn't sound bad, does it?

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  3. Sounds like a fine day indeed even without gorilla suits.

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Hey, thanks for your thoughts and your time:>)